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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksWelcome back to another Monday of No Wasted Ink writer’s links. This week I have many great articles on general writing tips for you, along with a couple of paper notebook and fountain pen articles. Go and pour yourself a cup of coffee and tea and sit back to relax. There is plenty of good reading to find here.

On Changing Book Titles And Covers: My Own Experience And How You Can Do It Too

Four Ways to Prepare for a Book Launch—Even if You Aren’t Published Yet

WHY AUTHORS SHOULD CONNECT WITH READERS

WRITERS, AUTHORS, BLOGGERS – BEWARE THESE HEALTH RISKS

A Primer on Fountain Pens

The Importance of Keeping A Notebook

10 rules for making it as a writer, by Dennis Lehane

Word Count Woe: What Should You Do With Your Very Long Manuscript?

Seven Secret Weapons That Will Make You a Better Novelist

Sense vs. Sensibility

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksThe controversy of Artifical Intelligence taking over the jobs of writers is a real one. It is a subject that I think about as I use more comprehensive tools to edit and hone my own writing with tools and software that was not available even a few years ago. I found an article that addresses the idea that you may wish to look at. The rest of the list are general writing articles that should be of interest. Have a great week!

A LOOK AT POINTS OF VIEW

5 WAYS WRITERS CAN STEEL THEMSELVES AGAINST ONLINE HATERS

How the Perfect Midpoint Moves Your Protagonist From Reaction to Action

Writing Horror And Making A Living With Your Writing With Michaelbrent Collings

Creating an Author Business Plan: Our Product Plan

Could a Robot Do Your Job? Here’s Why You Should Write Like You Freaking Mean It

Should Indie Publishing Be For You?

Alone and Not Alone: How to Create Your Own Group Writing Retreat

How I Published My First Book of Short Stories in 12 Easy Steps

10 Essential Lessons You’ll Learn in a Creative Writing Workshop

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksWelcome back to No Wasted Ink and another Monday of articles to tickle your fancy. In addition to the usual articles about writing tips, there is an interesting article about the Grand Dean of Science Fiction, Robert A. Heinlein and another article about Jane Austen and the liberties she took as an author developing what we now know as the novel format. Enjoy!

Does Genre Fiction Need to Evolve?

Editorial Style

Editing in Layers: Seven Things to Search For In Your Manuscript

Top 7 Writing Tips For Great Characterisation

How to write YA fiction: 10 YA tips

HOW TO TAKE NOTES ON BOOKS AND ARTICLES

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN: MORE FANTASY THAN MEETS THE EYE

Victorian dating book is surprisingly accurate today

In and Out of Jane Austen’s Window

THE ART OF SUBMISSION: INQUIRING AFTER OUR WORK

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksWelcome to another Monday of Writer’s Links! There are lots of interesting articles this time around with titles that you might find misleading….but they hide real gems. Also, take note of the article about the LCCN number process. It is something that I feel modern writers need to know about. Enjoy!

I Hate Strong Female Characters

When Your Scene is Dragging: 6 Ways to Add Tension

Engage the Dimensional Mind For Creative Mastery

Authors: How to Get Your LCCN (Library of Congress Number)

Do We Still Need Conventional Publishers?

Writing: A Very Expensive Hobby

Is Your Journal A Liability?

He Said She Said What? #Editing #AmWriting

How To Bolster Your Business Blog With A Solo Podcast

Take Off Your Pants!

Editing Software Tools For Writers

Editing For WritersThere are many tools to help people with writing such as word processors, apps, pen and paper and more. Never has it been easier to record the written word into a manuscript. However, what do you do with your draft once it is complete? Until recently, you paid a high price for an editor to go over it for grammar, spelling, and content errors. Today, there are software tools to help bring down the cost of hiring an editor. I use some of these tools myself, going over my manuscript in layers, each program helping me locate certain issues that I want to address before I pack it up and send it to my human editor. By doing so, I save money since the final corrections that the editor makes are minimal.

All of the programs I review below have not contacted me to review them. I selected them because they are ones that I know about and use myself.

Hemingway
Price: $6.99

This is my new favorite editing software program. I use it on all my stories for editing after I’ve run them through Word’s spelling and grammar check. Hemingway is designed to help you write more like the famous author. Hemingway was known for writing short, concise sentences that got to the heart of the meaning like a razor. To use Hemingway the program, you either open your Word file in the program or cut and paste a passage into it. In a moment, Hemingway will show you a color coded version of your text. It will not change anything. You do that manually. Blue shows you adverbs, green highlights passive voice and prompts how to fix it, yellow is a slightly complex sentence, red is a jumbled sentence, and purple are words that you may wish to simplify.

Hemingway can be used as a writing tool. It will open a new document and save it like any word processor. It also supports Markdown. The program is available for both Apple and Windows.

Do I perform all the corrections that Hemingway prompts? The answer is no. However, seeing my words in a clear manner where all the adverbs and passive voice in the manuscript are highlighted is helpful. I’ve been referring this program to all the writers in my critique groups and everyone simply loves it.

Unsuck-it
Price: Free

As a writer, we all get in a rut and start to use terms that may be useful to only our particular field or genre of writing. These terms often are hard to parse out and state in simple words as you are writing. Unsuck-it is an aid that gives you alternate words to use in plain English. This is not just another online thesaurus. It is geared toward finding alternate words that would work best in a conservative business environment. When you are stuck….unsuck-it!

Creativity Portal’s Imagination Prompt
Price: Free

Writing prompts are always welcome, for writing blog posts, journal entries or using as story starters. This one is free. Just click the button and a new prompt will be shown to you. Keep clicking until you find one that works for you. What is more, the prompt portal is part of a writing community that could be fun to join if you are so inclined. It is worth checking out if you like using prompts.

The Readability Test Tool
Price: Free

Knowing the level of readability for what you are writing can be an invaluable tool. If you are writing YA, you don’t want the reading level of your work to go further than the age group you are aiming your book for. It is also a good test to run on your essays and short stories to find out their readiblity score. If your story reads for college level, it could be that you need to simplify your story. With the exception if it is an essay for a doctorate thesis or literary magazine. You will need to have your work online in order to input the URL for the engine to find it.

Portent’s Content Idea Generator
Price: Free

I have plenty of fun with this generator site. It develops titles for blog posts based on the ideas you feed into it. You only can do one at a time, but if you have a few minutes to spare, it is worth it to see what oddball titles it will come up with.

Wordcounter
Price: Free

This free website offers to find and rank the most frequently used words in your text. You use this to see which words you overuse and to find keywords in your document. It does have a few fillers to remove conjunctions and other words you wouldn’t want in the report. Since it is free, it is worth looking at to add to your editing process. I don’t use this one any longer because I have this feature in Smart-Edit, a more robust program that I purchased last year. However, if you prefer a free tool, Wordcounter gets the job done.